Dell Model Benchmarks

ECN's User and Desktop Services (UDS) group is occasionally asked to compare the performance of various desktop computer models used by faculty and staff to help determine whether it's time to purchase a new desktop PC and/or to discern whether an optional processor upgrade in a new PC is worth the extra cost. Benchmark scores for select Dell desktops in the table below provide numeric values for easy comparison of models.

Although the scores are based on replicable tests, no benchmark methodology is perfect. If you use one of these computer models, note that your computer's operating system, the quantity of memory installed, and other hardware components might differ, so your PC might achieve higher or lower scores. Please think of these scores as an approximate comparison of potential system performance.

Note that scores in this table only should only be compared vertically; that is, compare PassMark scores only with other PassMark scores ... or Geekbench scores only with other Geekbench scores. PassMark and Geekbench use different methods to calculate their scores.

Dell Model Approximate Benchmarks

* Models marked with an asterisk were the ECN Recommended Desktop PC for that model year.

Year Model Processor PassMark Score Geekbench Score Notes
2012 Precision T7600       Available summer 2012
2012 Precision T5600       Available summer 2012
2012 Precision T3600       Available summer 2012
2012 Precision T1650       Available summer 2012
2012 * OptiPlex 7010 Intel Core i7-3770 @ 3.4 GHz 10359 14782 In 2012, ECN's standard processor became the i7 (rather than i5)
Geekbench 64-bit benchmark scores are shown above since we expect all 2012 and newer models to run Windows 7 64-bit edition.

Geekbench 32-bit benchmark scores are shown below since most legacy models ran Windows XP 32-bit edition.
Year Model Processor PassMark Score Geekbench Score Notes
2011 Precision T1600 Quad Core Intel Xeon E3-1225 @ 3.10 GHz 6403    
2011 OptiPlex 790, 990 Intel Core i7-2600 @ 3.4 GHz 8894 11710 Optional upgrade
2011 * OptiPlex 790, 990 Intel Core i5-2400 @ 3.1 GHz 6136 7582  
2010 Precision T1500 Intel Core i5-750 @ 2.67 GHz 4295   i7, quad-i5, & quad-i7 also available
2010 OptiPlex 780 Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 @ 2.66GHz 3781 4587 Optional upgrade
2010 * OptiPlex 780, 980 Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.0 GHz 2222 3370  
2009 Precision T5500, T7500 Dual Core Intel Xeon E5603 @ 1.6GHz 5385   6-, 8-, & 12-core also available
2009 Precision T3500 Dual Core Intel Xeon W3503 @ 2.40GHz 1876   Quad- & 6-core also available
2009 * OptiPlex 760, 960 Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.0 GHz 2222 3370  
2008 Precision T7400 Intel Xeon E5405 @ 2.00 GHz 2916   Quad-core also available
2008 * OptiPlex 755 Intel Core 2 Duo E2180 @ 2.0 GHz 1122    
2007 * OptiPlex 745 Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 @ 1.86 GHz 1107 2118  
The models below are not good candidates to be repurposed with modern software. See our Dell Model Years page, and please contact us to discuss options.
Year Model Processor PassMark Score Geekbench Score Notes
2006 OptiPlex GX620 Intel Pentium D 830 @ 3.0 GHz   1896  
2005 OptiPlex GX280 Intel Pentium 4 @ 3.4 GHz 548    
2004 OptiPlex GX270 Intel Pentium 4 @ 2.6 GHz 407    
2002 OptiPlex GX260 Intel Pentium 4 @ 2.53 GHz 313    
2001 OptiPlex GX240 Intel Pentium 4 @ 1.8 GHz 217    

* Models shown in bold were the ECN recommended desktop PC for that model year.

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